The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced key changes to the India A squads for the upcoming second and third multi-day matches against England Lions. Notable inclusions in the squad are Rinku Singh and Arshdeep Singh, both recognized for their white-ball prowess. Rinku Singh is set to participate in the third match scheduled to commence on February 1.
Notable Inclusions and Exclusions
White-ball regulars Rinku Singh and Arshdeep Singh’s presence in the India A squads adds a dynamic dimension to the team’s composition. However, the exclusion of Sarfaraz Khan, who showcased impressive form with a fifty in the ongoing practice match, has raised eyebrows. Sarfaraz Khan is not part of the third multi-day match, leading to speculation about the reasons behind his omission.
Bengal star Abhimanyu Easwaran continues to captain the India A team, providing stability and experience to the squad. The leadership decision underscores Easwaran’s role in guiding the young talents in the side. The Mumbai batter’s exclusion from the third multi-day match is a strategic move, suggesting a focus on optimizing the squad based on match dynamics.
India ‘A’ squad for the 2nd multi-day match: Abhimanyu Easwaran (Captain), Sai Sudharsan, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Tilak Varma, Kumar Kushagra, Washington Sundar, Sourabh Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Tushar Deshpande, Vidwath Kaverappa, Upendra Yadav, Akash Deep, Yash Dayal
India ‘A’ squad for the 3rd multi-day match: Abhimanyu Easwaran (Captain), Sai Sudharsan, Rajat Patidar, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Kumar Kushagra, Washington Sundar, Shams Mulani, Arshdeep Singh, Tushar Deshpande, Vidwath Kaverappa, Upendra Yadav, Akash Deep, Yash Dayal
India A Facing Challenges Against England ‘A’
In the ongoing first unofficial ‘Test’ against England ‘A,’ India A faces an uphill battle. Chasing a challenging target of 490, the team finds itself in a precarious position at 159 for 4 at stumps on the third day. With 331 more runs required for victory on the final day, the Indian team relies on opener B Sai Sudharsan (53 batting) and keeper batter Kona Bharat, yet to bat, as the two key players to anchor the innings.
The outcome of the ongoing match will likely influence the team’s strategy and mindset as they head into the subsequent multi-day matches against England Lions. The BCCI’s careful selection of players aims to strike a balance between experience and potential, ensuring the development of young talents within the Indian cricketing landscape.